Saturday, April 02, 2005

Scientists Inseminate a Whale

Scientists Inseminate a Whale

Aquarium scientists, with help from their peers at Sea World, artificially inseminated Kela, a 24-year-old beluga, on Thursday morning.

After giving the whale hormones to induce the release of an egg into the reproductive tract, workers used a crane to lift Kela out of the water and place her on a mat. Frozen sperm from a Sea World beluga was then inserted. The process took only a few minutes.

Yes, the title is misleading. His name was Todd, not Jonah. No, there were no sperm whales involved. And no, it didn’t have anything to do with humpbacks. Happy now?

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